Joshana wins Asian Bronze

Men’s
2nd round:
Mohammed Hajeyah (KUW) bt [5/8] Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND) 9-4, 3-9, 9-5, 6-9, 10-8 (93m)
[3/4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Ali Alramezi (KUW) 9-2, 9-2, 9-2 (35m)
[9/16] Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Cheng Yao Huang (TPE) 9-1, 9-3, 9-2 (30m)
[9/16] Wai Hang Wong (HKG) bt Naresh Kumar (IND) 9-1, 9-4, 9-1 (34m)

3rd round:
[3/4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [9/16] Max Lee (HKG) 9-3, 9-1, 9-1 (48m)
[9/16] Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt [5/8] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 6-9, 9-3, 7-9, 9-5, 9-6 (106m)

Quarter-finals:
[9/16] Abdullah Almezayen (KUW) bt [3/4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 8-10, 9-4, 9-1, 9-3 (72m)
[2] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [9/16] Siddharth Suchde (IND) 9-2, 9-3, 8-10, 9-2 (62m)

Women’s
1st round:
[5/8] Chinatsu Matsui (JPN) bt Harita Omprakash (IND) 9-4, 9-0, 9-3 (32m)
[3/4] Christina Mak (HKG) bt Surbhi Misra (IND) 9-0, 9-6, 9-7 (21m)
[9/16] Anwesha Reddy (IND) bt Hsieh Ssu Han (TPE) 9-1, 9-0, 9-1 (10m)
[5/8] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Wu Zhenzhen (CHN) 9-0, 9-4, 9-1 (17m)

2nd round:
[3/4] Sharon Wee (MAS) bt [9/16] Anwesha Reddy (IND) 9-1, 9-4, 9-6 (34m)
[5/8] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [9/16] Maria Toor Pakay (PAK) 9-1, 9-6, 9-2 (31m)

Quarter-finals:
[5/8] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [3/4] Sharon Wee (MAS) 9-5, 4-9, 9-7, 9-5 (55m)

Semi-finals:
[2] Rebecca Chiu (HKG) bt [5/8] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 9-0, 9-2 ret. (10m)

Top seeds Mohd Azlan Iskandar and Nicol David celebrated the fifth successive Malaysian double in the Asian Squash Championships – but did so in contrasting styles in the 14th staging of the biennial event in Kuwait.

In the men’s final, Iskandar was made to battle for exactly two hours by compatriot Ong Beng Hee – the defending champion, ranked two places lower in the world – before winning 5-9, 8-10, 9-5, 9-0, 9-7 to secure the title for the first time.

But, arguably, the standout performance in the men’s event was made by 20-year-old Abdullah Almezayen – a 9/16 seed who upset Pakistan’s 5/8 seed Yasir Butt 9-3, 10-9, 4-9, 5-9, 10-8 in 98 minutes in the last sixteen before overcoming India’s 3/4 seed Saurav Ghosal in a 72-minute quarter-final to become the first Kuwaiti to reach the semi-finals this decade. Siddharth Suchde too joined Saurav in the quarterfinals when he upset Mohd. Nafizwan before bowing out to Beng Hee in four sets.

The women’s event saw Malaysia’s Nicol David confirm her status as the undisputed Queen of Asian Squash when she beat long-time Hong Kong rival Rebecca Chiu 9-5, 9-2, 9-2 in 34 minutes in the final.

Joshana did exceedingly well to defeat Sharon Wee in her quarter final match in four sets.

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About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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